January 28, 2012

Year of the Water Dragon & Android Jones & My sister's wedding

An incredible bit of artwork by Andrew Jones (AKA Android Jones) is going around the interwebs, especially on Facebook. It's the water dragon, created in honor of the Chinese New Year, that of the Water Dragon. You can download your own large-sized desktop version of this beaut here. I love the zipper mouth. He does lots of digital artwork for musicians, often live art during shows. Here's another piece he did in which my friend, Dusty, is the muse:

In addition to digital art, he is an airbrush artist:
He is known in the underground/alternative fashion world here on the West coast as an artist and make-up artist. Here's a brief article including him on this phenomenon.

Andrew is a dear friend of my sister and her husband. He was the best man at their wedding where I met him. He stencil/painted my sister and Vinny for the ceremony. Best wedding 'make-up' I've ever seen.
Chelsea, 1/2-way through getting painted.

Hands like lace

There he is, after the ceremony, chillin on the zabutons with Vinny & another groomsman.

Chelsea, face and decolletage spraypainted.

Her back was beautiful too!

Vinny's paint up close. Like a bird!

Chelsea's final look.

Andrew roasting Vinny at the reception.

My sister's wedding (2006) was brilliant. Many of their friends are artists, and thus poor, and thus talented. By asking everyone to participate in the creation of an awesome wedding, people were able to contribute without having to spend money. Chelsea spent less than $500 on her wedding (!!!) because of this. Her dress was sewn by her friend Lenna, another friend did her hair, someone made an Indian feast for the reception, someone made the cake, and at the reception people were invited to perform if they were so inclined, to the delight of everyone there! There were comedians, musicians, dancers. When Andrew learned that my mom and I were going to bellydance, he asked if he could do our makeup too. Sweet! Here's that process:

If you still want more, here's a video of his creative digital process:

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